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Orlando and Debbie Collazo – Lorain, OH

The Lord has been doing many different things at Fellowship Baptist Church in Lorain, Ohio.  We have had the opportunity to reach out to our community in diverse ways.  One way is through our “open gym” nights where approximately 15-20 local teens and college students come, play basketball, and listen to the teaching of the Word and the Gospel.  We have so far had 3 individuals entrust their lives to God through this ministry.  Please keep praying for the many that come and hear about Christ but have not yet entrusted their lives to Jesus our Lord. Another community outreach has been visiting the local shelter and taking food and [...]

Connect Summer 2018

In this issue: "Making Disciples"; Priorities of a Servant-Sending Church" (Part 1); "The Church's Multiplying Commission"; Updates for Family Camp and Teen Expeditions; From the Field: Sheryl Ridley and Roy and Karen Kinney; meet the new missionaries; ChurchCare Construction update; meet our retiree, Jan Paton!

Fran Cupples – Fullerton, NE

The Many Hats of Fran Cupples - In 1994 Fran Goodspeed lived in Omaha, NE, with her youngest son. At  Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp lived director and widower Roy Cupples. During a conference Roy noticed Fran at the piano, invited her out for lunch, and began a relationship leading to marriage and ministry together. They continued at the camp until 2003 when they decided to focus on one ministry—Victory Baptist Church in Fullerton, NE. They ministered to the church family and also served on the community Chamber of Commerce. They began praying about a church plant in the neighboring town of Genoa and in 2012 the first service at Grace [...]

Sheryl Ridley – Gretna, NE

Sheryl Ridley has retired after 32 years of very active church planting ministry.  Sheryl joined BCP in 1991 with husband, Roger, after twelve years in the pastorate in Grand Island, NE. The Lord directed them to Gretna in 1995 as a place needing a church planted. The first service of Gretna Baptist Church was September 7, 1997, and the church graduated from mission status on September 7, 2008. At their first service in the new building in March of 2006, they commissioned a team to plant a church in nearby Bennington. They also began searching for the next place to plant a church, and the Lord directed their [...]

Connect Spring 2018

In this edition: "God Supplies"; Family Camp Update; "Reaching our Neighbors Next Door - Part 2"; ChurchCare Update from Niles; "Equipping Men to Lead is a Journey"; "the New SALT Ministry"

When Does Routine Become Remarkable?

When does the routine or the expected become remarkable? David Whipple, Executive Director of ChurchCare In my mind a story is worthy of a remark when we are praising God for what He is accomplishing. If we are just giving a report then “just the facts” are necessary. Tell me what has been accomplished. The back story is usually more interesting and revealing of how God uses our routine activities to bring glory to Himself. ChurchCare missionary builders slogged through what should have been a relatively routine building project at First Baptist Church in Niles, Ohio this past summer and fall. I am not implying that First Baptist [...]

Meet Rob and Mishael Martinez – missionary appointees to Albany, NY

We are Robert and Mishael Martinez. We were just approved as church planters during the March Council meetings. We are currently finishing our ministry responsibilities at our home church in Gloversville, NY. We plan to officially relocate to Albany, NY, this coming August to begin the ground work of planting City Rise Baptist Church. The plan is to continue deputation for about a year’s time  while also getting connected into the community. We then will begin the process of holding strategic Bible studies and discipleship meetings, as well as  conducting vision and interest meetings in the city. Please pray for our church, Adirondack Baptist Church, as we begin the process [...]

Bob and Penny Toomer – Grantville, UT

Bob and Penny Toomer moved to Utah thirty-one years ago to help establish Baptist churches. They have been involved with four mission churches and helped start a Christian ranch. They are currently serving  at  Mountain  View  Baptist Church in Grantsville in a number of capacities:  youth leader, assistant pastor, filling the pulpit when the missionary pastor, Ron Ehmann, is traveling and doing small group Bible studies. Another major part of our ministry is traveling extensively doing round pen demonstrations for churches as an outreach. This unique ministry allows people to hear the gospel while watching the training of a horse in the round pen.  Bob and Penny enjoy being active [...]

Brad and Marie Hansen – Bussey, IA

“God...hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” By the grace of God, a handful of believers planted a church in Bussey several years ago. Brad and Marie Hansen praise God for all He has done to show the people His glory. He provided partners in prayer, cash to buy property, and Baptist Church Planters to assist. Then ChurchCare Construction built Community Regular Baptist Church with the help of many volunteers. The community watched as God provided, and the church building was finished in about six months. Many accounts could be told of His faithfulness and provision. We have seen several come to a saving knowledge of Christ. Pastor [...]

Wayne and Shanna Dale – Scottsdale, AZ

The people at Grace Baptist Church have faced some great challenges, but they also have seen God work in greater ways.  In 2015 they were without a pastor, meeting in a building that held 60 people, and were down to about 12 members.  Yet God was not finished with them.  Through past discussions with a real estate agent, and the help of deacon Michael Ronning, the group engaged in a transaction of faith and sold their present building and property to a developer, and moved 4 miles to a new church property that seated over 200.  This new property included over 11,000 sf with 2 buildings.  The prior church people [...]

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